Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Levi Galloway Gravestone

Levi Galloway was born on October 3, 1784 in North Carolina. He was the son of Matthew Galloway (born Ireland, the son of Tait Galloway and Ann Gibson) and Elizabeth Beaver. When Levi was at a young age, Matthew moved his family to Oglethorpe County, Georgia where Levi married Sinia Scogin (born January 10, 1788, died in Itawamba County on July 9, 1845) on October 10, 1810 (daughter of Elick and Mary Scogin). Levi later removed to Alabama and during the late 1830’s moved his family and slaves to Itawamba County where he settled on a 640-acre farm south of Mantachie Creek, north of Keyes Cemetery. Levi Galloway died on April 20, 1851 on his farm and was buried in the nearby Keyes Cemetery next to his wife Sinia.

Excerpts from the Levi Galloway estate packet in the county Chancery Clerk's office:

The State of Mississippi
Itawamba County
Probate Court June Term AD 1851
The petition of Allen T. Sisk, a citizen of said county respectfully represents to your honor that on or about the 20th day of April AD 1851 Levi Galloway a citizen of said county departed this life as petitioner believes intestate possessed of a considerable personal real estate in said county said personal estate worth about five or six thousand dollars consisting of slaves, stock and farming utensils &c &c. Petitioner is the son in law of said decedent who left no widow or near of kin who is entitled to administration ... petitioner therefore prays that letters of administration be granted unto him of said estate...
Allen T. Sisk

Receipts signed by heirs:
Sarah T. Gillespie and husband Thomas Gillespie, daughter and heir: $614.69 23 Feb 1855; Susannah J. Deskin wife of Washington Deskin, daughter and heir of Noxubee County: $614.69 8th Oct 1855; Mary Ann G. Williams wife of A.O. Williams, daughter and heir of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama: $614.69 8 Feb 1855; Levi B. C. Galloway, son and heir: $614.69 10 Feb 1855; Arabella D. Beacham, wife of Wm. Beachum, daughter and heir: $614.69 26 Mar 1855; N.J. Galloway, son and heir: $614.69 3 Feb 1855

Rec. of A.T. Sisk, administrator of the estate of Levi Galloway, deceased Six Hundred and Twenty Dollars on account of the distributive share of Frances J. Moore, one of the distributees of the estate of said decedent this the 25th day of July AD 1853
S.B. Moore
Frances J. Moore

Received of A.T. Sisk, adm. of the estate of Levi Galloway, decd. Six Hundred and Twenty dollars on account of the distributive share of Nancy M. Duncan, as one of the distributees of said estate the precise sum of said distributive share of said Nancy M. Duncan not having been ascertained and a refunding bond having been given to said Sisk administrator... June 7th 1853
Virgel J. Duncan
Nancy M. Duncan

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